D.procera.JPG (41613 bytes)Darwinia procera: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is a small to medium shrub with upright branches. Leaves are about 2.5 centimetres long and laterally compressed. They have a bluish lustre, linear to falcate (sickle-shaped) and arranged in pairs at right angles giving the foliage a cross-like appearance when viewed from above. The foliage is very ornamental.

The flower heads are upright, usually in clusters of four individual flowers. Blooms are reddish-purple and carried at the end of the stems. Flowering occurs from mid-spring to early summer. Plants should be pruned after flowers fade.

Darwinia procera occurs in the sandstone country on the Central Coast, north of Sydney.

This species is classified as rare. A reasonable population is protected in Brisbane Waters National Park.

Darwinia procera could be grown as an interesting foreground plant in a native garden bed.

The genus is named after Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) the grandfather of Charles Darwin.

Propagate from cuttings.